NFL Trade Rumors: 49ers Have No Plans To Trade Brandon Aiyuk

49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk has been the center of trade rumors lately, but it appears he will likely stay in San Francisco.

Rumors have been swirling that the San Francisco 49ers could look to trade wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk this offseason. Recently, multiple signs have pointed to Aiyuk receiving an extension.

49ers Likely To Extend WR Brandon Aiyuk

Last week, NFL insider Dan Graziano said he expects the 49ers to trade Aiyuk this offseason.

“The most likely way this shakes out is Aiyuk ends up getting traded to a team where he’s the clear No. 1 wideout and where he can get the extension he wants, leaving the 49ers to draft his replacement in the first round,” Graziano said.

“That’s the cleanest way for them to address all of their needs. I see San Francisco extending (Talanoa) Hufanga and coming to some sort of arrangement with (Kyle) Juszczyk and (Dre) Greenlaw that keeps them both around. That leaves the 49ers to run it back with the same basic core, some upgrades in key spots, and Aiyuk cheering them on from afar.”

John Lynch was asked on Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine if the rising salary cap will help the 49ers extend Brandon Aiyuk’s contract. Lynch made it sound like they are interested in extending Aiyuk rather than pursuing a trade.

“We have a lot of good players, a lot of good players who we’ve rewarded,” Lynch said. “Brandon’s one that we think incredibly highly of, one of my favorite just guys around our building, the way he approaches the game. He’s a competitor. He’s a warrior.

“He plays with such a physicality, also with a grace, the way some of the positions his body can get into. And then he’s got a flare for making plays when it matters most. And he served us very well as a franchise. And I think we’ve got a nice track record of extending the players that are important to us, and Brandon’s a guy we want to keep around for a long time.”

Additionally, NFL analyst Chase Senior said a source told him that there is “no way Aiyuk leaves.”

“Look at how the Niners have conducted business with some of their homegrown players,” Senior said. “… What’s the similarities between George Kittle, Fred Warner, Deebo Samuel, Nick Bosa, Brandon Aiyuk — all homegrown players who have developed under the Niners tutelage, and I think the only way that Aiyuk isn’t with the Niners long term is if he doesn’t want to play for San Francisco.”

Aiyuk, after his second straight 1,000-yard season, had just three catches in each of the 49ers’ three playoff games, including their Super Bowl LVIII loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Now entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, Aiyuk has improved upon his yardage and touchdown totals each season in the NFL. Aiyuk racked up 1,342 yards on just 75 catches last year, and his 17.9 yards per catch were No. 2 in the NFL.

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It appears that the franchise is leaning towards extending Aiyuk rather than trading him. There will be challenges, though. Even with the $30 million salary cap spike, it will be difficult for San Francisco to carve out enough room to keep Aiyuk.

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